The Hyde Park Community

Founded in the 1850's, Hyde Park occupies an enviable location, just seven miles south of the Loop and bounded by the magnificent Lake Michigan shoreline, Washington Park, Midway Plaisance, and the historic community of Kenwood.

With an area of just over one square mile, the neighborhood is compact and walkable yet remarkably diverse in its people, its architecture, its restaurants, and its cultural amenities. Two forces in particular have helped shape Hyde Park’s character: the University of Chicago, a world-class institution of higher learning that has served as its anchor since 1892; and the Columbian Exposition of 1893, which left a legacy of unique buildings and outdoor spaces.

Hyde Park has been home to a number of notable figures, including Clarence Darrow, Enrico Fermi, Muhammad Ali, Mahalia Jackson, Sara Paretsky, and Barack Obama.

Whether you live here or are simply planning a visit, Hyde Park offers a wide array of attractive options for you and your family.


53rd Street is transforming with new businesses, new housing, street landscapes, property redevelopment, and more.  Employment, housing, and transportation are major considerations for current and prospective residents. 

Our community is strongly supportive of the growth in spite of temporary discomforts and inconveniences.  Let us help you avoid some challenges during this transformation.  Stay connected and informed. 

Contact the South East Chicago Commission directly using our online response form or simply share your thoughts, comments or questions via Facebook or Twitter.

Are you considering visiting 53rd Street or moving to the neighborhood?  If so check out our updates about the community.  This is a great place to be, now and in the future!

Visitors coming to 53rd Street by public transit: Take the Metra train to the 51st/53rd Street (Hyde Park) Station. Or, catch the #15 Jeffrey Local bus to S. Lake Park Ave. and 53rd Street.